Indian · Punjabi · Vegetarian

Spicy Smoky Dal Fry (classic Lentil soup)

Dal Fry is one of my all time favorite dals. The spicy smoky dish is what I usually used to go for in an Indian restaurant or dhaba in India. But in the USA, most Indian restaurants have Americanized food, so the dal fry is less spicy with mild flavors. I've tried to recreate the recipe at… Continue reading Spicy Smoky Dal Fry (classic Lentil soup)

Indian · Indo-Chinese · Vegetarian

Gobi Manchurian Dry

"Gobi" is a hindi word, which means cauliflower. Gobi Manchurian is an Indo-Chinese dish made from fried cauliflower florets tossed in mouth-watering spicy sauce. Living in the USA, I really miss Indo-Chinese food. It is easy to find Indian food here, but Indo-Chinese cuisine not so much. So I tried today's recipe for the first time, crispy golden… Continue reading Gobi Manchurian Dry

Indian · Indo-Chinese · Vegetarian

Veg Hakka Noodles

Serves: 4 Cooking time:  25 mins Ingredients 3 tbsp oil 300 gms noodles 12 cloves of garlic, medium size, finely chopped 2 tsp ginger, finely chopped ½ cup french beans, sliced in 1 inch pieces ½ cup spring onions, finely chopped ½ cup carrots, julienned 1 cup cabbage, shredded 1 cup bell pepper (capsicum), green or colored, thinly sliced ½ cup sweet corn… Continue reading Veg Hakka Noodles

How to Make . . . · International · Mediterranean / Mid eastern · Vegetarian


Few weeks back, my husband and I were making hummus at home, so first we made some fresh Tahini.  It is a thick pourable paste made from crushed, roasted white sesame seeds, completely blended with oil and a little salt. The sauce turned out so great that within a few days we made more tahini… Continue reading Tahini

International · Mediterranean / Mid eastern · Vegetarian

Classic Homemade Hummus

I am a huge hummus fan and one of my favorites is Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hummus. Few weeks back, I had this crazy craving for Hummus. All I wanted was some Hummus and since the restaurant wouldn't deliver only that, my husband ended up ordering the whole dinner so that I could enjoy freshly made delicious… Continue reading Classic Homemade Hummus

Dessert · Indian · Vegetarian

Gajar Halwa…a caramelized Carrot pudding

Serves: 4 Cooking time: 1½ hr Ingredients 3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) 1 bunch black raisins (kishmish) 1 bunch pistachios (pista) 6 almonds (badam), thinly sliced (optional) 3 cups carrot (gajar), peeled and grated 3 cups milk, full fat 8 tbsp sugar ¼ tsp cardamom powder (elaichi) 1 pinch saffron (kesar) Preparation 1.  Heat ½… Continue reading Gajar Halwa…a caramelized Carrot pudding

Indian · Indo-Chinese · Non-Vegetarian

Chicken Lollipops

Makes: 5 Cooking time:  1 hr 15 mins Ingredients 5 chicken drumsticks, skinless and frenched 2 dry red chilies ½ tbsp ginger, roughly chopped ½ tbsp garlic, roughly chopped ¼ tsp red chili powder ½ tsp black pepper powder ¼ tsp salt,adjust to taste ½ tbsp soy sauce ½ tbsp vinegar 1½ tbsp tomato ketchup 1½ tbsp… Continue reading Chicken Lollipops

Indian · Indo-Chinese · Non-Vegetarian

Chilli Chicken Dry

Serves: 4 Cooking time:  35-40 mins IngredientsChicken marination ½ kg chicken, boneless, cut into pieces 1 tsp ginger paste 1 tsp garlic paste 1 tsp salt, adjust as per taste 1tsp red chili powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce 1 lemon, juice 1 egg 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida) 1 tbsp cornflour Oil,… Continue reading Chilli Chicken Dry

Indian · North Indian · Vegetarian

Dal Palak (classic Yellow Lentils with Spinach)

Serves: 4 Cooking time: 45 - 50 mins Ingredients 1 cup split pigeon peas (toor dal) ½ tsp turmeric powder 1½ cup spinach (palak), finely chopped 1 tbsp oil 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) 2 tsp cumin seeds (dhane) ¾ tbsp ginger, finely chopped 1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped 3 green chilies, finely chopped 1 onion, medium size, chopped 1 tomato,… Continue reading Dal Palak (classic Yellow Lentils with Spinach)

Indian · Punjabi · Vegetarian

Punjabi Chole (Garbanzo Beans in spicy gravy)

Serves: 5 Cooking time: 1 hr Ingredients 1 cup chickpeas (kabuli chana), soaked in water overnight ¼ tsp baking soda 1 tea bag ½ inch cinnamon stick (dalchini) 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi) 1½ tbsp oil 1 bay leaf (tamalpatra), medium size 3 green chilies, vertically slit (2 if you want it less spicy) 1 tsp ginger,… Continue reading Punjabi Chole (Garbanzo Beans in spicy gravy)